FPI strips activist and beats him

Posted by David Khoirul

FPI beats activist SejukDozens of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members stripped and beat rights activist Tantowi Anwari from the Association of Journalists for Diversity (Sejuk) on Sunday, according to The Jakarta Post.

Tantowi, trying to support the Filadelfia Batak Protestant Church congregation’s right to attend a controversial mass, wore a t-shirt with the statement 'say no for majority’s tyranny,' and FPI considered it against Islam as the country's majority.

"They didn’t want to listen to any word I say that I am here to defend the congregation's right to perform ritual," Tantowi said.

FPI members dragged him, stripped him of his shirt, and brought him to the FPI Tambun branch leader, Nurhali Barda. In front of the leader of the group, he was questioned surrounding his motives to wear such a 'provocative' t-shirt and advocating the rights of churchgoers.

Nurhali had confiscated his ID card, and he was told that the ID card would remain with FPI until the hardliner could determine Tantowi's role.

Tantowi said he had to discuss the matter with other activists before announcing legal actions concerning the incident.

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